Monday, February 07, 2005

Is Nothing Sacred?

First it was Milli Vanilli, then Ashlee Simpson, now the Pope may have used a prerecorded message at a recent show public appearance.

Journalists suspicions were raised when the pontiff's inaudible words at the beginning of the blessing were quickly followed by silence, clicks, and then a much clearer sounding - though still very hoarse - John Paul completing the blessing.

Earlier, as technicians made the usual sound tests ahead of the ceremony, Vatican correspondents were clearly able to hear a tape of the pontiff performing the blessing on loudspeakers in the Vatican press room.

It was this tape which appears to have been substituted for John Paul's extremely frail voice as soon as he faltered.

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